Monday, October 5, 2009

Three Plants I Can't Live! Without, Part 2

Rose ‘Little Mischief’

This brilliantly colored rose has become my favorite garden rose. It’s in Bailey’s Easy Elegance series. Why do I like it better than you know who? For one thing it blooms and blooms without a mid-summer siesta.  For another, it stays nicely compact, under 3 feet. My son Dan planted ‘Little Mischief’ at the Glasbern Inn about three years ago, where it dances with Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ all summer long. Every time I walk past it stops me in my tracks.

Nicotiana sylvestris

Tall, stately, attention-demanding, and night fragrant are four attributes that come to mind. Woodland tobacco also self-sows, just enough, not too much. This is the time of year I take seedheads from the 5-ft tall plants and toss them around the garden in spots where I envision it growing next year.

Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’

I’ve always liked the idea of gomphrena—bouncy little flower balls rising up through beds of zinnias or dahlias. The reality just never quite came through. Until now. ‘Fireworks’ is a new variety, offered by Burpee, and it does deliver! Tall, about 3 1/2 ft, but not floppy. Colorful but not garish. It's already on my seed list for next year.

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